Dateline: 23 July 2014
|A view over my cucumber bed.|
Sweet potatoes in the background.
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|I planted the cukes in plastic.|
No weed competition.
I have a theory about why I'm having such a healthy, insect-free garden this year. Two years ago I mineralized my garden. I took a soil test, sent it to a lab, hired a soil mineralization expert to give me a mineral prescription, and I followed through with the application of the prescribed minerals.
I explain all of this in The Planet Whizbang Idea Book For Gardeners. But when I was writing the book, I had yet to see if the minerals would make a difference in my garden. Well, I think I'm seeing it now.
A proper balance of minerals is supposed to result in healthy plants, more nutritious food, and significantly less insect damage.
I'm a believer.
|Squash blossoms in the morning.|
Sans the usual infestation of beetles.
I have started to make a YouTube video about soil mineralization. It will be an introduction to the subject. I'll read from the chapter in my book, while showing pictures from my garden.
I also plan to put together a Part 2 to the Four-Day Carrots video I recently posted to YouTube. I'll show how I thin the tri-plantings, answer some questions that have come in, and I'll show the carrot bed at 3 weeks.